Who we are

CJLS's main objective is to support and develop scholarly activity, research, and research-led teaching in the School. It focuses on the study of law, institutions, and governance in the context of current societal issues and challenges. It adopts a critical, multidisciplinary perspective and a local, regional, global focus.

 CJLS aims to be an inclusive forum that brings together scholars from across the institution, who are at different stages of their careers, to develop individual and collaborative projects. CJLS provides support for the development of PhD, early and mid-career researchers and aims at fostering external links.

Our Objectives

  1. Contribute to the research environment.

CJLS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of individual and collaborative projects, by organising and hosting seminars and conferences, fostering internal and external links, and providing a peer-support group for the production of publications and the submission of funding applications, for both early and mid-career researchers. CJLS also intends to explore the possibility of establishing partnerships with other research centres and institutes.  

2.     Support the production of publications and funding applications, with a peer-support group.

Members of the Centre also contribute to a programme aimed at skill development for ECRs at school level.

3.    Support research-led teaching.

CJLS provides supervisory and monitoring capacity for the PhD programme in law and criminology. Expertise in CJLS also feeds the LLM programme. Members of CJLS provide skill development sessions for Early Career Researchers and postgraduate research students, as well as organising ad hoc presentations by practitioners on career paths. CJLS aims at strengthening its links with the Legal Advice Centre in the School.

CJLS welcomes initiatives by postgraduate research students, and all its research seminars, conferences and workshops are open to all students.

Centre Director

Dr Annalisa Meloni is a senior lecturer in law at the University of East London with over 12 years of experience in research and teaching both within and outside academia. Her main area of research is EU visa policy and more broadly EU external border controls and immigration law. Key themes in her research include the intersection of human rights, security, and technology in the field of border control and how European integration impacts human rights and security. She holds a PhD (funded by the AHRC) and LLM from University College London.

Annalisa Meloni